Team Excelle Sports

The team at Excelle Sports is made up of passionate people who are journalists, college and Olympic athletes, sports fans, innovators, social media gurus, partnerships pros, pie-in-the-sky optimists, and overall believers in the power of women’s sports.

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Kim Donaldson

Co-Founder & CEO

Kim Donaldson

WORK  |  20+ years of building brands and audiences. Co-founded Bottlenotes, a niche digital content site. Started Donaldson Design Group, a brand marketing and design firm. Started as an Art Director at Grey Advertising.

PLAY  |  A lifetime of skiing, skating, tennis, squash, running. Varsity high school squash and track. Yale varsity squash (National Championship team). Still playing squash and tennis, skiing and boxing. Love watching and going to Rangers, Knicks and Liberty games whenever I can.

LEARN  |  Yale University B.A. American Studies/Literature, Boston U., M.F.A.

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Cat Osborne

Co-Founder, COO

Cat Osborne

WORK  |  Background in Institutional Sales and Research at SunTrust, Credit Lyonnais, Schroder’s and Dillon Read. Consultant on fundraising, operations and programming for schools, clubs and non-profits. Sit on numerous non-profit boards and committees.

PLAY  |  Varsity soccer, basketball and softball in high school. Played varsity softball one year in college. Still playing golf and tennis whenever I can. Renowned for cake design,

LEARN  |  Colgate University B.A., Columbia Business School, M.B.A.

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Siv Paumgarten

Chief Revenue Officer

Siv Paumgarten

WORK  |  15+ years working with start-ups, small businesses, and on new projects within big companies: Katherine Hooker London, Stylitics, Indagare, Time, Inc., Ann Taylor Loft. Focus on growth strategy, financial models, and marketing CPGs, luxury goods, retail, ecommerce, and digital media. Management positions in marketing and strategic planning: Coach, Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal.

PLAY  |  Varsity high school sports. Princeton novice crew and club lacrosse. Run whenever I can and race occasionally. Backcountry skiing, backpacking, considering climbing.

LEARN  |  Princeton University B.A., Columbia Business School M.B.A.

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Celia Balf

Staff Writer

Celia Balf

WORK | Former freelancer for Excelle. Former Times Union Sports intern and contributor, Time Warner Cable News intern and Yahoo! Sports editorial intern. Sports Editor at UAlbany senior year.
Twitter: @celiabalf

PLAY | University at Albany Women’s Soccer (center back). Loves cycling, running and hiking!

LEARN | University at Albany B.A. Journalism

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Tori Bowser

Video Intern

Tori Bowser

WORK  |  Queens College SAAC President & Athletic Chairman 2015-17. Co-contributor to the QC Knights Twitter page and former sports journalist for the Knight News. Event Chairman for Relay for Life of QC ’16, founded by the American Cancer Society. Coach for ASVBA Volleyball Club.

PLAY  |  Division II Volleyball player and captain at Queens College. Team USAAI Athlete ’15. Loves yoga, meditation, photography, 1990’s films and Jimi Hendrix. Loves to watch the Giants, Yankees, basketball, tennis, NCAA Volleyball and NCAA gymnastics.

LEARN  |  Queens College, B.A. Major in Media Studies, Minor in Business & Journalism

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Nick Forrester

Staff Writer

Nick Forrester

  1. WORK  |  NHL international web producer; former Campus Rush producer and hockey writer at Sports Illustrated; New York Daily News high school sports reporter; Lampasas (TX) Dispatch Record Sports Editor. Twitter: @NickForrester13

PLAY  |  2004 Michigan state champion freestyle wrestler. Former hockey player. Loves photography, writing, hiking. Still waiting for a “D4: The Mighty Ducks” movie.

LEARN  |  University of Missouri, B.J. Journalism; CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, M.A. Journalism.

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Adele Jackson-Gibson

Staff Writer

Adele Jackson-Gibson

WORK  |  Started as an English teacher in Japan then started working as a marketing assistant at Nichols School of Buffalo, NY. Now chasing after her writing career.

PLAY  |  Yale Varsity Track and Varsity Soccer (goalkeeper). Loves CrossFit and can’t imagine a day without moving a barbell. US Women’s National Soccer Team fanatic.

LEARN  |  Yale University B.A., New York University Masters in Journalism

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Hally Leadbetter

Contributing Writer, Golf

Hally Leadbetter

WORK  |  Professional Golfer who just finished Q school; Contributing Editor, Excelle Sports; Radio Show Host, WPRK 91.5 FM

LEARN  |  Rollins College, B.A. Communication Studies, 2016; Women’s Varsity Golf

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Kayla Lombardo

Senior Staff Writer

Kayla Lombardo

WORK  |  Former breaking news and women’s sports writer and editor at Sports Illustrated. ESPN3 college softball color analyst. Former SI intern and contributor to espnW and AOL. Twitter: @KaylaLombardo11

PLAY  |  Former Division I softball player and team captain at Fordham University. Three-time Atlantic 10 Conference champion and NCAA tournament participant. Two-time first-team All-Conference and All-Region selection. Runner, biker, hiker, pick-up basketball player.

LEARN  |  Fordham University, B.A. Communication and Media Studies/Journalism

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Sarah Toland

Editorial Director

Sarah Toland

WORK  |  Toland is a veteran journalist, book author and former professional track and field runner. With more than 15 years editorial experience, Toland  has served as editorial director of Prevention, senior editor of Men’s Journal and editor-in-chief of Inside Triathlon, in addition to other positions at several national brands. She has also worked as a reporter and native content editor for Sports Illustrated and written on health and athletic gear for The New York Times. She is co-author of “Strong Is the New Beautiful” with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and “The Greek Diet” with celebrity chef Maria Loi.

PLAY  |  Toland qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 5K and 10K and made several national teams. She also ran as a professional Nike athlete.

LEARN  |  Colby College, B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Varsity Track, five-time All-American in track.

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Kimberly Vandenberg

Lifestyle Content Developer

Kimberly Vandenberg

WORK  |  Marketing and Research Assistant for Rebecca Handler Photography. Media Assistant, the WILD Magazine. Writer, Sachin & Babi. Athlete Ambassador, Up2Us and Kids Play International. Mentor, Classroom Champions. Swim Clinician and Motivational Speaker for Mutual of Omaha Breakout Swim Clinics.

PLAY  |  Olympic Bronze Medalist in Swimming, Pan American Gold Medalist, World Championship Silver Medalist, three-time U.S. National Champion, French National Champion. 16-time All American at UCLA. Yoga and meditation enthusiast. Love swimming, boxing, soccer, volleyball, water polo, and dance.

LEARN  |  UCLA, B.A. History

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Shaina Wiel

Social Media Manager

Shaina Wiel

WORK  |  Founder, Minorities in Sports Business Network; Director of Social Media, GlobalHue; Freelance Brand Management/PR, Destined for Success Management; Reputation Manager, Brand Yourself, Account Services Representative, ESPN

PLAY  |  Dance until college – Ballet, Jazz, Modern, beginner Pointe. I shot three shots in a row in my backyard in Queens and retired. I ran outdoor track for three days in high school until they made me run in the rain. Love to watch Knicks, Liberty, Giants, Mets, UNC basketball, and anything Penn State.

LEARN  |  Penn State, B.S. Psychology; Columbia University, M.S. Sports Management